Supply of popular Hilux and Land Cruiser pick-ups and hard tops are now getting back to normal in Zambia following the devastating floods in South Africa earlier this year, as well as burdens of the global pandemic that halted production in both Japan and South Africa.
The first large-scale consignment of Hilux pick-ups arrived in the country last week, with more expected shortly, said Toyota distributor CFAO Motors Zambia.
There are currently 240 vehicles in stock, with a further 250 coming in November, both already purchased customers’ vehicles and vehicles for available to buy. The company now has stock of Hilux Double Cab, Hilux Single Cab, Land Cruiser 300, Land Cruiser 79 Double and Single Cab, as well as passenger cars including the Starlet, Belta and Rumion.
“There is much more to come. The supply issues are gone,” said CFAO Motors Zambia Chief Operating Officer Nenad Predrevac.
Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota South Africa worked at full speed to get its Durban Plant back up and running after April’s floods, which badly affected Toyota’s global automotive supply. The 87-hectare plant produces vehicles such as the Hilux, Corolla Cross, Corolla Quest and Fortuner, with distribution sent to 74 countries around the world, Zambia being one of them.
“Our colleagues in South Africa worked round the clock to stabilize production, and we are now delighted to see production back on stream and supply coming into Zambia once again,” said Mr Predrevac.
“We thank our customers in Zambia for their patience and support during this difficult time and wish to reassure them that we are in constant communication with our production centre to ensure full availability,” added Mr. Predrevac.
To celebrate normalization of the supply chain, CFAO Motors Zambia is knocking off $5,000 for all new orders from the prices of Hilux Double Cab 2.4l, 4×4 MT Comfort Plus and Hilux 2.8l, 4×4 MT Executive from today until the end of the year.